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Kiss, Marry, Cliff Book Tag

This tag was created by PerformingBookFelf

These are the rules:

  • Put names of characters, written on separate pieces of papers, in an empty jar or a pen holder.
  • Shake the jar.
  • Pull out three pieces of paper in each round and tell us which character you would kiss, marry, or cliff!

No one tagged me I just felt like doing something different!

I pulled characters from Young Adult and Adult Fantasy.

This was fun and hurtful at the same time. Enjoy 🙂

Eleanor     |   Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard  |   Kiss She’s fierce & funny

Victor Vale  |  Vicious by V.E. Schwab  | Cliff Love him but he scares me LOL

Aeduan  |  Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard   | Marry     The love of my life. Must protect

This was a nice soft ball.

Elisa  | A Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson  | Kiss Strong, resilient & kind

Hector  | A Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson  | Marry Literal perfection

Mal  | Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo  | Cliff Eat rocks, kid

This one was easy but I feel like an interloper

Karina  |  A Song of Wraiths & Ruin  by Roseanne A. Brown |  Kiss She’d kill me & I would thank her

Captain Thorne  | Cinder by Marrisa Meyer  | Cliff I’m SO Sorry

Stoker  |  A Curious Beginning  by Deanna Raybourn  | Marry I Am Not Sorry 😉

This one was difficult. I love Karina but I’d like to kiss Thorne too,,,,

The Darkling  | Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo  |  Cliff Probably wouldn’t kill but still cathartic

Nikolai  |   King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo  |  Marry I mean how can you say no??

Nina  |  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  | Kiss Afterwards will have waffles

I am not kissing an old dude just cause he doesn’t look old

Cress   |  Cinder by Marissa Meyer  |  Kiss

Zafira  |  We Hunt the Flame  by Hafsah Faizal   | Marry

Gansey  | The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater | Cliff

This was tough. I love all these characters and I didn’t want to cliff anyone!! I mean how many times is Gansey going to die LOL

Kaz  |  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  | Cliff

Annabeth | Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan | Kiss

Daniel  |  Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard  | Marry

Kaz would survive. He has 100 back up plans just for this occasion.

Percy   |  Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan  | Cliff

Dara    | City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty  | Kiss

Nasir   |  We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal     | Marry

This was the hardest one!! I LOVE all of them. Perhaps its a Seaside Cliff 😉 I love this tortuous game it’s So. Much. Fun.

Malik  | A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown  | Kiss How could anyone cliff him??

Morozko  | The Bear & the Nightingale  by Katherine Arden  | Cliff Can you kill death??

Ash  |  The Iron King by Julie Kagawa   |  Marry The best for last 🙂

My first fictional book crush was Ash so this was a nice way to end things.

Have you played this game? If not I highly suggest adding more villains.

I tag:

Emma @ Turn Another Page

Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy

Catherine @ Catherine Ellen

Sam @ Literary Delirium

Nehal @ Books and Words

As always if you don’t want to or can’t participate with the tag please don’t stress about it 🙂

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Book Talk, Review

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown

This was such a wonderful story. I loved everything about this from the characters to the mythology and magic.

One of our main character’s is Karina who is the princess of the city of Ziran. She comes from the descendant who created this place as a safe haven from the slavers. Karina is next in line and she isn’t ready for that. She wasn’t raised to be and she finds it even less appealing when she discovers secrets about the role of Sultana.  

Our second main character is Malik, him and his two sisters leave his war torn town but here in this new place are seen as the enemy and must be careful to not get caught. The minute they’re papers are being checked things go awry and everything changes for Malik and his family. An ancient creature is brought forth with an ultimatum if he wants to see his sister back safely he will kill the princess.

This story has so many twists and turns that you really can’t put this book down because you just need to know where this will go next.

My small complaint is I wanted more scenes with Malik and Karina. They have such differing personalities and it’s the kind of intensity that makes for such swoon and fun.     

You can experience this story for yourself by purchasing your own here

I’m looking forward to seeing how this story concludes. I can’t wait to see more of the magic and lore of this world.

The sequel A Psalm of Storms and Silence is due to be published in 2021

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #1)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Book Recommendations, Book Talk

My Auto-buy List

Here are some of the books and authors that have embedded themselves into my soul. These are but a few that I can’t resist to rave about or to reread when the days get too hard.

In no particular order

The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

This entire trilogy has the best characters. Each book beautifully builds on to each other creating a complex world and enchanting characters.

There is an additional book that has recently been added Empire of Dreams which takes place several years after the events in the third book and follows a different character. This is a nice addition but for this post I’m only referencing the original trilogy.

This series has my favorite fantasy couple of all time! I love Elisa and Hector separately both are fiercely loyal to their friends and loved ones. And together they form a formidable team to help take down their enemies before they overtake the kingdom.

The author doesn’t shy away from real struggles that real people have and that’s something that is sorely missing in books in general YA or not.

Find and support this author and your local indie here

Susan Dennard

Seriously her whole catalogue is my favorite. She writes such unique and interesting stories and characters that I ‘m always enthralled.

Let’s start with her debut series, Something Strange and Deadly trilogy.

Victorian London. Check. Broody boy. Check. Zombies, yep. Mix in a bold young lady willing to do whatever it takes to find her brother and we have an adventure.

This series never let up in action and mystery and swoon worthy romance and it also didn’t lack the heartache. Not enough people talk about this series and its a shame.

Witchlands is the current series and just WOW. Okay. Do you like high fantasy? Magic? a myriad of diverse characters? Then you need to check out Truthwitch the first book in this epic series.

Truthwitch starts off with two best friends Safi and Isuelt trying to get back their money but things go awry fast leaving them with an avalanche of problems. You never know where this story will go and there are so many breadcrumbs that you won’t catch until you reread it.

Watching all the strands of thread being woven and then seeing them pulled together in Bloodwitch *chef’s kiss* beautiful! This tapestry is far from finished and I am so ecstatic. I really don’t want to part from these characters anytime soon.

You should definitely add her to your list if you haven’t already. A link to her books here

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

My first book crush. I was so young back then. I’ve followed her since then because what an entertaining ride she provides in these books. The premise alone is the coolest, pun unintended. Humans sustain the lives of the Fey but what happens when tech takes off changing the landscape both for humans and fey. This was my second interaction with these kinds of creatures and I really liked the unique look at iron being introduced in this way.

We have the chosen one but doesn’t want to be chosen, we have the funny sidekick, and a brooding prince. The aesthetic overall felt like Alice in Wonderland meets A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.

There is another series being made that’s coming out in February 2021 and I’m intrigued and hoping it’s leagues better than the second series in this world.

Read the first series now with new covers for the tenth anniversary. These covers are superior to the original in every way just saying.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Where do I start?

“People lived because she killed.”

“People died because he lived.”

Such an incredible way to start off an epic story. This is not only beautifully written but it has the best characters. Two seemingly different characters who actually have much in common.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

I mean who here doesn’t love a good enemies to lovers angst filled tension?? I love seeing dynamic complex characters and seeing them go dumb over a crush when they’re trying to be all brooding and not happy. We still have six months before the conclusion to this duology and I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds. Preorder We free the Stars

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani is another author whose entire catalogue is just  incredible. Lush fantastical worlds that are always immersive. They make me long for a world and place that I’ve never been.

The Star-Touched Queen, Crown of Wishes are companion novels with two sisters grappling and coming to terms with their self and the lives that they want and what is being offered. I really enjoy character driven stories, even though these books are wonderfully written at times the world building can be weak. But the characters are always center stage and well develop.

The Star Touched Stories is three short stories that take place within the worlds of The Star-Touched Queen, Crown of Wishes & with characters we are already familiar with. This has to be the best short story collection I’ve read in a while. I loved being back in these worlds and seeing how some of the characters are growing and experiencing new characters and seeing the world in a new light. I will never tire of reading about the night bazaar or of a certain god or goddess.

The Gilded Wolves, Silvered Serpents the first and second book (coming out September 22, 2020) in a planned trilogy, I believe. Artifacts, snazzy clothes in Paris, a group of misfits I mean this just speaks to me. I love the characters in this series! I am a big BIG fan of an ensemble cast of characters. Scheming and stealing and tripping over themselves to not confess their feelings, A+.

If you want some more lighter but still holds a ton of weight but make it middle grade, Aru Shah and the End of Time series is for you. Middle grade is where I turn when I want to feel good and cozy. Anytime I’m in a slump I head straight for them. They’re just a nice time. And this series is no different in that regard. It has Hindu mythology mixed with feminist elements and a whole lot of sass. Also a talking bird and who doesn’t love an animal sidekick with a hidden past and saucy attitude.

I just really love the characters and world’s of richness she comes up with. Do check her out! You can do so here while also supporting your local indie store.

A Curious Beginning (a Veronica Speedwell Series) by Deanna Raybourn

This series fell into my lap and I am forever thankful for that. Mystery set in Victorian London with roguish mysterious gentleman and a fierce lady who does as she pleases. This book was a dream with all the trappings and dressings that I crave. Stoker and Veronica are my favorite duo! In this book there’s a fake marriage and running away to join the carnival. These books are a delight and whip smart with the banter between these two who thinks the other is barbaric.

The books can be read out of order but I would suggest reading them in order. It’s the best way to experience the slow burn relationship. You can get your own copy here

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

I had heard amazing things but I wasn’t prepared for the beautifully written story with enemies to lovers. I’m going to be honest I don’t remember reading the synopsis before diving in and sometimes that’s for the best.

I’m always on the hunt for a standalone fantasy novel. Sometimes you just need one book not three to six where the first few you have to struggle to get through to get to the better books. The only issues I always come up against with standalones is the pacing. Its either too slow to begin or too quick to resolve. This wasn’t the worst offender I much preferred it to some others I’ve read this year but the ending was still too quick for it to be satisfying. There just wasn’t enough time and I thought there was little pay off. I do believe a companion book following a character in this book will be coming out next year, I think. I am interested to see how this story progresses since it seems the second book will take up after this one. In any case though since this is a standalone and it should and can be read as such makes the rush ending look weak. It didn’t diminish my enjoyment overall but it did dampen some of the earlier excitement.

I still highly recommend! Give it a try yourself

Who are your auto buy authors?

Let me know if you’ve read any of these or are planning to!